Honors World History – Belief and Politics Though Time Portfolio

Belief and Politics Though Time Portfolio

This collection of tasks focused on several countries and governments from all across history taught me 3 important things. The first was revolution in countries are heavily influenced by the status of the classes. If the middle class and rich classes are not behind any movement, a revolution may not create enough momentum to make a difference. If technologies like cheaper weapons are available, then the poor class can overcome wealth differences and successfully make a difference. Money and well being are major factors in changes like these.

The second is that democracy and stable governments are often difficult to achieve due to many different factors. Colonized states have it especially though; the lack of structure during its rule by a foreign power shows after they are left alone. A military heavily involved in the government can keep order but can also keep the people as a whole from holding power.

Finally, I learned that countries are heavily influenced by those around them. Once democracy stabilized in Britain others began to follow suit. Then within in a few centuries it had already spread to places like Africa and Asia. When the people see other people with power in their government, they want it too, like the French in the French Revolution. Peer pressure is real, even on this scale.

Something I could have improved on this project is the time frame I took to finish it. I went out of town in the middle of the project and did not finish it until a week or two after the due date. While I was given an extended period to finish it, ideally next time I would have finished it by the due date.

One thing I am proud of in this project was my video. After coming to Wake STEM I have done a few video PSAs and commercials, something I have never done before in my academic career. This is something I am trying to improve in, and I think I am making progress.

Honors World History – State of Water (Grade Level Project)

State of Water (Grade Level Project)

I learned three important things from the History division of this project. First of all, I learned that many different people and companies in NC and all over the world influence water quality and supply. For example, our role, Real Estate Agents, can affect water in several ways, such as though construction, infrastructure design, etc.

The second was that it goes the other way around too. Many people and companies don’t just effect water, they are affected by it. For our role, Real Estate Developers are influenced by how valuable land is. And one factor that influences that is how clean water in the area is or how much there is. If the local water supply in an area is very polluted, people won’t want to live there. If there is little water, then costs will be very high, and again people won’t want to live there.

The last thing is that there are many different factors that effect water quality. Construction sites can lead to waste runoff; buildings can block runoff because of impervious surfaces, old pipes can introduce lead to water supply. That is why it is all the more important for all companies and people to be extra careful about that they do with water.

One thing my group and I could have improved on with our project would have been our presentation. When we explained our board to people, we did it separately, with each person talking to a person. Instead, we could have presented as a team, with each person discussing a few points at a time to combine our knowledge together.

One thing we did very well was our design. We created a very good looking trifold and poster, thanks to a teammate and me. We were able to use our strengths in this field to make ours look very nice.

The Grade Level Project is the largest project I have ever done as of this writing. It taught me a lot about water both here in NC as well as in other places in the world. But just as importantly, it taught me many things about doing projects and working with a team towards a grand goal.

Honors World History – Ancient Civilization Digital Story

Ancient Civilization Digital Story

In this project I learned three main ideas about Ancient China. First of all, I discovered that China had many different religions, part of it’s diverse culture as a whole. Some people were Buddhists. Others followed Taoism. But all these differences as well as other characteristics blended together to form a unique culture as a whole.

The second idea was that Ancient China was one of the most powerful and developed civilizations of its time. It had a complicated language based off of thousands of unique characters. There were many different technologies that developed, for both practical and recreational purposes, such as the lantern.

The third was that China was physically isolated from other civilizations in the Mesopotamia area. Thus, they were fundamentally separated, and developed totally independently from others. Their culture and rituals show this; while various civilizations in the Fertile Cresent and such intermingled and influenced each other over time, China remained isolated until centuries later. Even then, it was only Japan, Korea, and the few other countries in the area that they mingled with.

Something I would liked to have done better was understand the instructions in this project. My group and I missed several important requirements on the instructions and rubric and we lost points for that.

However, I am still proud of the design of our presentation. It looks very good and depicts our information in a clean and easy to read way. This is a skill I like and am constantly improving on.

There were many things I learned from this project. I found new information on China, but also discovered problems I need to fix as will my own strengths.